The chief executive of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency has resigned after allegations were made about his conduct.
On Friday, Sepa confirmed that Terry A’Hearn had stepped down from his post with immediate effect.
A’Hearn had been in the position since 2015 and was previously the head of the Northern Ireland Protection Agency.
The agency said it would not comment on the nature of the allegations.
Bob Downes, chairman of the board, said: “Following conduct allegations, Terry A’Hearn has stepped down and left his position.
“SEPA has a clear code of conduct and takes conduct allegations very seriously indeed. In order to protect anonymity, Sepa is unable to comment further.”
Mr Downes added that Jo Green will take up the post of acting chief executive supported by the agency’s management team.
The recruitment of a new chief executive will begin soon.